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I remember using a set of these Pioneers a few years back now and one thing that I like generally about Pioneer decks is whatever model you have or use they always feel and handle the same with the same precise sensitivity, now Im not quite sure what happened with CDJ 500 MK2??
I know firstly appearance wise its one of the most dated CDJ units still surviving, im not quite sure when they were released but its clearly not within the last couple of years, almost has an early 80s feel about it!!
The unit is a flat-top design, the cd's load from a pop up tray situated at the top of the unit and in terms of features it doesn't really get any more basic, you have the option to "cue tracks", "skip tracks" and simply change the pitch, and there is a really simple loop function!
The pitch control is a nightmare it doesn't replicate anything similar to a Pioneer product, it doesn't seem to hold a steady tempo nor is it very easy to match bpm's on the pair! There is also a pitch-bend jogdial which again might aswell not even be present as the slightest touch simply throws the track out by miles, a real croud pleaser I must add!
I think these are been sold for around £100 per deck which even still does not give justice for the unreliability and lack of precision found when used, I would happily go for a cheaper Numark alternative!
Another common problem I found when using was the cue and play button would constantly get stuck as they are made from rubber and became less responsive over progressive use, I think when you look at the new Pioneer series they have improved the design and technology so much which is maybe why this deck does not meet the standards that most users would be expecting.
Stay well clear and go for the CDJ 1000s, or even the 2000s if you feel like been a big spender!!
I have been using the CDJ's now for about 2 years professionally. Having been bought up on a diet of technics and 12 inches, cd mixing (i thought) was always a joke. But for the past year, a lot of my promo material has been set to me on CD, which forced me to learn CD mixing. The good news is that these little babies make the transition almost seamless. The jog wheel is a real innovation, and whilst it's not the exact same as using traditional decks, it makes it seem that little bit more familiar. The large pitch bend is another bonus that this has over many other cd decks that I have used. It allows a much easier selection of pitch when compared to the supersensitive pitch bend of 'normal' twin deck cd players. Don't be fooled into thinking that the wheel is just like al those other cd players which have a wheel on the panel. For this cd player, this is your pitch bend control, whilst all the others I have seen are purely for cueing up- not as good. The only fault I could pick with this feature is that the bend is only +/- 10%, whilst others on the market are offering a much larger scope. But when this is still ( a bit)more that the technics 1210's offer, it isn't all that bad. To be perfectly honest, I havn't used all the features these cd players offer. The blurb goes on about seamless loops, and the ability to fry and egg for you at the same time(I think). But, because of my upbringing on traditional decks, I've not really seen a point in these things(although I bet someone will start to argue on this point). Also the people that I play to (drunken students), don't really appreciate tricks and flashy stuff. Overall I am very impressed with these CD decks, but I have found them to be a little tempremental at times, stopping and skipping when no other CD player would, which is more than a little embarrasing when it happens. But the difference the wheel makes can't b
e over emphasised. It makes things so much more easy, than when you have to press buttons and hope. The wheel also aids precise cuing up, which again is a great help. Mine also have a tendency for the buttons to stick, but this may be due to the copious amounts of rum and coke I drink whilst using them. These babys are highly recommended. They are much easier to use than most cd decks, although others may claim to be techincally superior- do they have 'that' wheel.